I now pronounce you husband and…hologram?
A 35-year-old Japanese man, Akihiko Kondo recently took the leap and tied the knot with the virtual reality singer, Hatsune Miku. That’s right. A hologram!
Miku is 16-year old a Sailor Moon-like “Vocaloid” with long blue pigtails. But don’t let the age bother you. She’s actually a hologram created by music tech company Crypton and has sold out 3D concerts around the globe. She’s kind of a big deal…
Kondo said had sworn off women due to a rocky youth but fell in love with Miku.
“Girls would say ‘Drop dead, creepy otaku!’ ” he said, using a Japanese term for nerds that’s often used as an insult.
Gatebox, the creator of holograms, supported the marriage by issuing a “marriage certificate” acknowledging their union goes “beyond dimensions.”
Miku communicates with Kondo through a $2,800 computerized device and shows her love by waking him up, turning on the lights and of course providing her new beau comfort by “tucking him” into bed.
Miku was present at the $17,000 ceremony as a doll dressed in white. They exchanged rings, said vows, and even kissed. About 40 people attended, but not his immediate family.
Now that he is settled and happily married, he is not looking to leave Miku. He explains that two-dimensional characters can’t cheat, age or die.
“I’m not seeking these in real women,” he said. “It’s impossible.”
Despite being a sexual minority, he said his relationship should be respected.
“It’s simply not right, it’s as if you were trying to talk a gay man into dating a woman, or a lesbian into a relationship with a man,” he said. “I believe we must consider all kinds of love and all kinds of happiness.”
To Miku and Knodo – I wish you all the best and a long and happy relationship.